Dream Chaser: Chantal Perry
Chantal Perry was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She originally moved to Las Vegas to be able to watch her 4 amazing nieces and nephews grow up. She has been there almost 8 years and love's her some West Coast living!! Her mom was a hairdresser back in the 80's and stopped shortly before she started school. She went through a phase of not wanting to follow my mothers foot steps so she worked in many other fields. She was an insurance agent, a car salesman, in auto finance, and a bartender/server.
What inspired you to start?
I realized a few things about myself:
A. I HATE ADMINISTRATION/PAPERWORK and I wasn't good at it. Lol
B. I love people.
C. Sitting behind a desk wasn't for me.
When I went back to school to finish my cosmetology hours. It was the perfect fit.
There are so many ways to be a hairdresser and makeup artist.. And that took some time for me to find my niche.
Working for myself allows me flexibility and freedom.. I can truly say I hope I never have to retire.
I work at Mosaic Salon & Boutique and I have to say I am so very blessed to work at one the best salons In the valley. I work among some of the most inspirational & talented stylists. I do cuts, colors & styles there, I also do freelance hair and makeup for weddings, special events, film, television & production.
What challenges have you faced pursuing your dream?
Every day is a challenge and something new, I couldn't be any happier.
What motivates you to pursue your dreams?
Some years ago I got into a really bad car accident and went through the windshield of my truck it ruined my face. Learning how to present my self to the world with confidence again was one the hardest things to do.. ESPECIALLY in the beauty industry where looks are the first thing a client sees. That personal insecurity pushed me to want to help other people feel their best.
Tell me about your proudest achievement.
A proud moment was seeing my name on the big screen for a major motion picture for the first time... It's very surreal and I'm so grateful for the opportunities that have been put in my path.
What's the best advice you have received?
Some of the best advice I've received was:
1. When you choose the path of working for yourself you wake up unemployed every day.
2. It's one thing to GET clients but it takes WORK to KEEP clients.
3. My job is ART and there is no right or wrong.. We're all human.
These things really stuck with me and I believe it keeps me humble.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
In 5 years I would just want to be just as happy, fulfilled and content with my life as I am right now.